A Special Kind of Guilt

A Special Kind of Guilt

A Mother’s guilt is something else isn’t it?


Ever since both of my children took their first breath, it’s been there. Staring me in the face when one of them fell down some stairs and fractured their leg at 10 months old (cast came off today!), invading my head space when they have chicken dippers and waffles for the zillionth time for dinner or tapping me on the shoulder as I reach for a Rich Tea biscuit to shut them up keep them entertained so I can pee alone (or have five minutes quiet time). Is that the same episode of Bing we watched on CBeebies this morning? Hello guilt my old friend!


When one of your children has additional needs, the guilt is on a whole other level. Those that know – know what I mean.


What if, if only, should of, would of, could of – all enter my head most days. What if he’s been having seizures since he was a baby and we didn’t notice? If only I hadn’t of accidentally banged his head on a ceiling beam (oh yes) whilst bobbing him up and down that time when he was a baby. Should I of been more pushy with my GP and Health Visitor when they told me he was “normal” and every child develops at different speeds? Could we have done more, much earlier?


Timehop even had me recently. A photo of Brody in a snowsuit, sleeping in his car seat in John Lewis, whilst we took him on his first trip to Glasgow at a week old. New parents, muddling our way through (ok, we still are).


He was in that snowsuit a lot at the beginning. I have thought about this over and over again – was he too hot? Did this affect him in some way?


Then when I’m tired and he’s testing my patience – when I lose myself and raise my voice and he doesn’t understand that kicking whilst changing his nappy isn’t fun for mum…I feel awful afterwards.


Honestly, it’s never ending. On good days, I try not to think of the “what if’s” too much. However, on the bad days/weeks mummy guilt can – quite frankly – eat me up and s**t me out.


I know I’m not alone and whilst this should be comforting, it’s actually incredibly sad. I’ve got friends that feel the same way and they are all weighted down by unnecessary guilt. Some blame themselves for genetic disorders; others have similar stories of a bump to the head or being unwell whilst pregnant. Uncontrollable things that happen all the time to most parents! They just don’t have a child with multiple unexplained disabilities and so aren’t racking their brain constantly for unknown answers – not even doctors – can provide.


To my friends who too suffer from this never ending guilt – I can empathise. You are not alone. I know life isn’t always easy for you. I also know that you love your child more than life itself. You are doing a great job, don’t doubt it.


Being a parent isn’t easy for anyone. Being a parent in our world- where you battle your way through some days (most likely sleep deprived), watching the most precious person go through some things that no child should go through – is bloody tough. There’s that saying – life is tough, but so are you– don’t forget it. And please know this – it’s not your fault.




  1. Susannah
    March 3, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    LOVE!! So true, go you for sharing how we all feel!! Xx

  2. March 28, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Thank you.Oh the days that I thought I’d drunk too much while pregnant,bumped Pearl’s head into the car and damaged her brain in some way,accidentally deprived her of oxygen when I had flu while pregnant….the list is endless.Now I find I have more acceptance of our situation(it’s only taken nine years)-although people still ask me if it was because I had a home birth(my choice,my fault!)This really resonated.Life is sometimes inexplicable.That’s all.

    • March 28, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Although I wouldn’t wish this kind of guilt on anyone it’s both nice and sad to know others feel the same. Big hug from me. X

  3. June Jackson
    March 28, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    I understand what you’re saying it’s a lot harder than people realise but it’s worth every minute when u get a cuddle or a smile

    • March 28, 2016 / 6:40 pm

      Agree. Most definitely worth it all! ?X

  4. Suzanne
    March 28, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    Thank you for writing this it is so true. I constantly think things like this, like is it my fault, did I eat the wrong thing while pregnant, did I not go to hospital soon enough when in labour, did he bang his head and I didn’t notice, did I use too much bacterial hand gel on his hands , the list goes on and on. The guilt is worse on bad days , and I think I will always be like this ?

    • March 29, 2016 / 9:43 am

      Thanks for commenting Suzanne. I think you’re probably right about in that it might always be like this on bad days. Hopefully it will get easier to cope with though. Maybe in 10 years time we’ll think differently, who knows. Big hug from one ninja mum to another. x

  5. May 3, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    So true! Bang on the head from a train door here… something I’ve not really dared say out loud before because the guilt is overwhelming. And even if someone turned to you and said ‘Yes, that was it, it was your fault’, how is that ever going to help?! There’s no point dwelling on the pas and the what ifs, we just have to live life to the full as we go forward xx

    • May 3, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Felt the urge to cry when I read your comment about the train door and not wanting to say it out loud. I know exactly what you mean sadly. You’re absolutely right though of course – we can only move forward. xxx

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